The history of three Providence County towns (townships) -- East Providence, North Providence and Johnson -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 38 page spiral-bound booklet, reprinted from two hard-to-find books: "History of the State of Rhode Island" published in 1878 by Hoag, Wade and Co., Philadelphia, and "Rhode Island, a Guide to the Smallest State," a WPA project published in 1937. The booklet measures 11" x 8 1/2" and is printed one-sided on 60# paper. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect cover, which is printed in copper, dark blue and black on Natural Skytone Parchtone stock. East Providence includes Armington's Corner, Cedar Grove, East Providence (formerly Seekonk), Ocean Cottage, Rahoboth, Rumford, Seacunk, Silver Spring, Squantum Corporation, and Watchemoket. Johnston includes: Johnston, Thornton. North Providence includes: Centerdale, Fruit Hill. The 1878 book excerpts cover the early development of this area, while passages from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a later vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and diverse subjects taken from these books are: Physical features, such as the Woonasquatucket River, and geological traits; Early Settlers and Population Origins; Purchase of Land from Indians; Boundary Dispute; Town meetings and early laws and interesting votes; Sam the Indian granted citizenship; King Philip's War; Johnston's efforts to help Boston after Tea Party and other pre-Revolution activities; Johnston in the Rebellion; Rumford Chemical Works, Riverside Works, Various Mill Works; National Algonquin Indian Pow-wow; Masonic and other Societies, with names of some early officers; Education; St. Mary's Seminary; Fruit Hill Classical Institute; Early Libraries; Churches; the Captain Stephen Olney House, the Clemence House and other notable homes; Ochee Spring and Indian Soapstone Quarry; Bullock's Tavern; the Lightning Splitter House; an 1878 map of Rhode Island; and other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Johnson and East and North Providence, RI
Sources: History of the State of Rhode Island / East Providence, North Providence and Johnson Histories
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1878
Original Publisher: Hoag, Wade and Co.
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